Best Selling Handmade Categories

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BEST SELLING HANDMADE CATEGORIES: INTRO

I wanted to start off this post by stating that I know that best-selling has a dash when used as an adjective.  I haven’t included the dash for SEO purposes.  As handmade sales continue to boom, more people are opening handmade shops online.  One of the most common questions I get asked deals with the best-selling handmade categories.  I hope this post helps you discover the Best Selling Handmade Categories.

I also suggest reading my List of Best Selling Handmade Items!

BEST SELLING HANDMADE CATEGORIES: TOP 10 LIST

I decided to examine sales from the most popular handmade marketplace, Etsy.  To calculate the best-selling handmade categories, I added up the sales of the top 5 shops in each category.  Here are the results:

  1. Paper Goods
  2. Children
  3. Graphic Design
  4. Jewelry
  5. Needlecraft
  6. Clothing
  7. Patterns 
  8. Accessories
  9. Party Supplies
  10. Weddings

I decided to cross out Paper Goods, Graphic Design, and Patterns because I do not view those categories as strictly handmade.  As a result, I included the next three categories to round out my Top 10:

  1. Art
  2. Bath and Body
  3. Home and Living

I have included a detailed breakdown of each of these Top 10 Best Selling Categories below.  I have also included the number of sales for the Top 5 Sellers.  The number of sales is for this year, 2017.

#1.  Children

Total # of Sales (Top 5 Sellers): 786,682

I really wasn’t surprised to see this category near the top of this list.  Many people focus on their children as their number 1 priority, and they spend a lot of money to keep them happy!  Popular items in this category include bows, tutu’s, and t-shirts.  You could probably differentiate yourself by providing items for little boys, but it may be more difficult to obtain sales.

#2.  Jewelry

Total # of Sales: 690,802

This was another category that was not a surprise for me.  I have noticed that jewelry is an extremely popular category.  Every time that I think that the market is saturated with handmade jewelry sellers, more shops pop up and start making money.  There may be some easier categories to start out in, but there is a lot of money in jewelry.  My gut tells me that this category will remain extremely popular for many years to come 🙂

#3.  Needlecraft (Sewing)

Total # of Sales: 644,830

I originally wondered how needlecraft was different than clothing.  I found out the answer when I began looking at the popular products in needlecraft.  Needlecraft is closely related with embroidery and sewing.  These are supplies that you can use to make clothing and other products.

#4.  Clothing

Total # of Sales: 639,226

It makes sense that Clothing would be a popular handmade category, because it is a popular category of items sold online in general.  Some of the popular items in this category overlap with the popular items in the Children category above.  Popular items include kid’s t-shirts with witty phrases, tank tops with unique graphics, and adult shirts with unique phrases.

#5.  Accessories

Total # of Sales: 382,005

At first glance, I thought that this was an extremely broad category.  After some analysis, I discovered that this category mainly encompasses clothing accessories.  Popular items include bows, buttons, and keychains.

#6.  Party Supplies

Total # of Sales: 366,158

This category’s popularity was another one that surprised me.  Although many shops sell individual products, many of the products are sold as package items for special occasion.  For instance, you can purchase complete party packs for themed birthday parties, office parties, and holiday parties.

#7.  Weddings

Total # of Sales: 357,720

This is a popular category with great margins.  If i was opening a new shop today, I would open a shop that sold items in this category.  i have found a niche in bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts to be popular and profitable.  The key is finding unique products within this category.  You can make a lot of money if you discover an under-served niche within this category.

#8.  Art

Total # of Sales: 342,147

I was surprised that this category was not higher up on this list.  I’m sure the order of these categories changes throughout the year, and maybe this category is more popular late in the year.  There are many unique products in this category.  The shop with the top sales currently sells collages.

#9.  Bath & Body

Total # of Sales: 341,461

Bath and Body can be another profitable category if you choose the right products.  Essential oils are very popular products within this category.  Handmade soaps and lotions are also very popular.

#10.  Home & Living

Total # of Sales: 336,348

This is an extremely broad category that contains many different shops and products.  Finding a niche in this general category is key, and it isn’t too difficult.  I have personally sold some items within this category, and they were some of my most profitable products.  Popular items include engraved cutting boards, customized coasters, and engraved glasses.

BEST SELLING HANDMADE CATEGORIES: CONCLUSION

I hope this post has given you some insight and helped you discover some of the popular handmade categories.  You can use this information to help take your handmade shop to the next level!

Best Selling Handmade Categories: Comments

Do you agree with this list of the Top 10 Best Selling Handmade Categories?  Please share your opinion in the Comments section below. It helps this community grow!

Best Selling Handmade Items

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BEST SELLING HANDMADE ITEMS: INTRO

Many people are considering opening their first handmade shop or just getting started.  One common roadblock many sellers face early on is deciding which products to sell.  I personally struggled with this issue myself.  I have had several people ask me which items or categories are popular, so I decided to make a few posts dedicated to that subject.  This post details the best selling handmade items.  I wish that I had read a post like this when I was starting my handmade shop.  I hope it helps you gain some inspiration on products to sell so you can start or continue building a thriving handmade business!

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BEST SELLING HANDMADE ITEMS: THE LIST

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This is a list of some of the popular handmade items currently being sold on Etsy and other online handmade marketplaces. There are thousands of popular items, so this list focuses on the best of the best.  You can use this list to discover some ideas for items to sell in your handmade business.  I have broken all of the best selling handmade items into 5 popular categories.  I have included a list of the categories below:

 

  1. Children
  2. Jewelry
  3. Needlecraft
  4. Clothing
  5. Accessories

I suggest reading more about these categories on my post of The Best Selling Handmade Categories.  I have tried to list at least three popular handmade products for each of these categories.  I hope this helps you come with some ideas for products to sell.

Children

  1. Bows & Tutu’s: There are several popular shops selling girl’s bows and tutus.
  2. T-Shirts: Big brother and big sister t-shirts appear to be extremely popular right now.
  3. Baby Books: There is one shop that is extremely successful at selling baby books.  I think this is a great idea.

Jewelry

  1. Metal Stamped Jewelry: Bracelets, necklaces, and rings that are made out of metal and have been customized with stamped letters.
  2. Money Clips & Key Chains: Similar to above, these are metal items that have been customized to include initials and important dates.
  3. Custom Stone Jewelry: These popular products include jewelry that includes birth stones and other custom stones placed in necklaces, rings, etc.

Needlecraft

Embroidery & Patterns: Funny quotes, unique patterns and other embroidery are pretty much the only popular products included in this category.

Clothing

  1. Kid’s T-shirts with Witty Phrases: Kid’s t-shirts with witty phrases and bright colors are extremely popular.  This matches the popular items in the Children category above.
  2. Tank Tops with Unique Graphics: Some shops are making a ton of money off of simple tank tops with unique animal and nature graphics.  Many don’t include words.
  3. Adult Shirts with Witty Phrases: These are similar to the kid’s shirts, and include funny phrases and puns usually paired with associated graphics.

Accessories

  1. Buttons:  The most popular shop in this category sells buttons with funny phrases.  The popularity of these buttons really surprised me.
  2. Bows and Headbands:  These are usually for small kids and babies.  Bows are showing up in multiple categories, big surprise!
  3. Unique Keychains & ID Badge Holders:  This actually surprised me.  One shop has mastered selling unique kechains and ID Badge Holders.  You can visit this shop, BadgeBlooms, to see some of their products.

Some Observations

Here are a couple of observations that I wrote down while I was completing some analysis for this post.  These observations could also be labeled as tips for success if you use them correctly.

Customization is important

Many of the popular items mentioned above have the ability to be customized.  This is an easy way to sell more products.  Offer customizable options for items you are planning on selling, and you have a great chance of selling more items!

Unique Niches

Many of the popular shops have chosen popular categories to sell products in, and they have found a profitable niche within that category.  This is a great method for having a successful handmade shop that works time after time.

Differentiating Products

Many successful shops may operate in a crowded niche, but they have found a way to differentiate their products versus their competitors.  It is important to be creative and try different ideas.  Worst case scenario your products won’t sell and you can change to something else.  Be flexible!

 

You can analyze some of the best sellers on the website craftcount.  This is an outside website that is not affiliated with this community.

BEST SELLING HANDMADE ITEMS: CONCLUSION

This post has listed some of the best selling handmade items by popular categories.  I hope that this information will help you discover which products you should be selling to help your handmade business thrive!  Feel free to contact me with any questions.  I answer all questions as soon as possible, and it is usually within 24 hours.

Read about some of the Reasons to Buy Handmade Gifts!

Best Selling Handmade Items: Comments

Do you have any ideas related to best selling handmade items?  Are there products that you know are currently trendy and becoming popular?  Please share your ideas with the community in the Comments section below.  It helps us all grow!

 

Reasons to Buy Handmade

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REASONS TO BUY HANDMADE: INTRO

There are hundreds of reasons that people purchase handmade items.  These reasons have helped propel handmade product sales over the past few years. This trend is continuing and shows no signs of slowing down.  As a result, large retailers and marketplaces like Amazon have started promoting handmade items as well.  This post focuses on listing 5 of the top reasons to buy handmade.

I also suggest reading my post on The Benefits of Handmade

REASONS TO BUY HANDMADE: TOP 5 LIST

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As stated above, there are hundreds of reasons people purchase handmade. The reasons vary based on each individual’s personality. As a result, I tried to list the primary reasons a majority of people purchase handmade products.  I asked many members of this community along with some personal friends, and I came up with the following list:

Supporting Smaller Businesses and Individuals

One reason that people enjoy purchasing handmade items is because they like contributing to smaller businesses rather than large companies.  When you purchase handmade goods, you can see where your money is going and you know who you are benefiting.  Large corporations usually benefit their rich shareholders more than anyone else.

Reasonable Price for Items that Last

It is true that handmade items can be more expensive that mass-produced machine products, but you are buying products that last.  Handmade items are made with pride and are made to last.  They usually use superior products and have superior craftsmanship.

Products Made with Love

I personally enjoy knowing that the product that I am purchasing was made with love.  I know that sounds a bit cheesy, but handmade items are definitely made with love.  I have never met a seller that did not feel affection for each product that they made with their own hands.  They take pride and put a bit of themselves into each product.

Appreciation of the Craftsmen & Craftswomen

The men and women selling their own handmade products show immense appreciation for my support.  They take pride in their work and they are thankful that you chose to purchase their item over someone else’s.  It is personal to them, and they show it.  I receive handwritten “thank you” notes from handmade sellers.  Try getting that from someone at Walmart!

Better Service

I always receive great service from handmade sellers.  They provide a level of customer support that cannot be matched by larger companies.  When I have questions, they are quick to answer and provide accurate information.  Many people state that the larger a business gets, the less-intelligent it becomes.  That is the PC version :)!  I love getting responses from the individuals that have made the product that I purchased.

REASONS TO BUY HANDMADE: CONCLUSION

I hope that this list has given you some reasons to buy handmade.  Help improve your local economy and make your next gift purchase a handmade product.  You’ll feel better and the recipient will enjoy the unique and high quality gift!

Read about some of the Best-Selling Handmade Items

Reasons to Buy Handmade: Comments

Do you have other reasons that you have chosen to purchase handmade items?  Please share your ideas with this community and help it grow.  I sincerely appreciate your support!

Benefits to Handmade

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BENEFITS TO HANDMADE: INTRO

Handmade items have become increasingly popular over the past few years.  People have embraced handmade items because they are unique and they are made with love.  There are several other important reasons why handmade items are popular, because there are many benefits to handmade.  Discover some of the primary benefits to handmade on this detailed post.

I suggest reading my related post: Reasons to Buy Handmade

BENEFITS TO HANDMADE: THE LIST

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There are many reasons to purchase handmade items, and, as a result, there are many benefits to handmade.  The benefits may vary from person to person. This post includes some of the primary benefits to handmade, in my personal opinion.  I tried to include all of the primary benefits, and I tried to stay away from some of the obscure benefits.  I hope you enjoy!

#1 Handmade Items Are Unique

This is the main reason that I like to buy handmade items and suggest you do the same.  Handmade items are unique.  They make great presents for those people that you feel like have everything.  I enjoy getting handmade items myself, because I know that nobody else has the exact same item.  I feel that I am unique, and I like receiving gifts that match my personality.  Many people feel the same way.  You can’t go wrong taking the time to pick a great handmade item that matches the recipient’s personality.

#2 Handmade Items Are High Quality

Handmade gifts are made with care and you get a personal touch that is not present for items manufactured in factories overseas.

#3 Handmade Sellers Take Enormous Pride in Their Work

Handmade sellers often sell under their own name, and their reputation is always on the line.  When you buy products made in third world countries, you have no idea who made it and what the conditions were like.  The best handmade sellers take their time and make their products to the best of their ability.  They take pride in their work because their products are a representation of themselves.  They want to do a great job because they want you to spread the word.

#4 Easy Customization

It is much easier to have a handmade item customized to your specific needs if you are buying handmade.

#5 Seller Knowledge of Product

You can be sure that a handmade seller knows the product that they are selling intimately.  They made it with their own hands, and they have usually spent hours making your specific product.  If you have any questions regarding an item that they sell, you can be sure that they will know the answer.

#6 Easy Communication

As a general rule, it is much easier to communicate directly with the handmade seller than it is to communicate with the actual manufacturer of machine made products.  You can usually speak directly with the person that made the product that you are purchasing.  I have always had a quick response (within 24 hours) after messaging handmade sellers.  I can’t say the same about non-handmade sellers.

#7 Get to Know the Seller

You can get to know the handmade seller on a personal level.  Often times they have an online shop that includes personal details about their personal lives.  They also will include information about their family.

#8 Your Money Benefits the Seller Directly

Now that you have gotten to know a little bit about the seller, it is nice to know that they are the ones benefiting from your purchase.  I like knowing where my money goes, and I feel much better contributing to someone I feel comfortable with and know a little bit about.  You have a better idea where the money ends up when you buy handmade items, which leads me to the next benefit…

#9 You can keep your Money Local

When you purchase handmade items, it is much easier to see where the product was made and where your money will end up.  It is easier to keep your money in the United States, or even your local state and city if you purchase handmade.  When you purchase mass produced items, it is difficult to know where the money is going.  They sometimes make it confusing on purpose, which is extremely sketchy.

#10 Handmade Items Are Usually Better for the Environment

Many Handmade items are made from up-cycled or reclaimed materials.  A majority of the work is done by hand, so many handmade items use less electricity.  A large factory uses a lot of electricity and coal, and handmade items use much less by comparison.

Bonus Benefit

In my experience, many handmade sellers are more appreciative of my purchase.  I work hard for my money, and it is nice to know that someone appreciates when I spend it on one of their products.  I have found that several handmade shops will personally write me thank you notes to make me feel good.  I never get handwritten thank you notes when I purchase from Target or Walmart.

Read about some of the Best-Selling Handmade Products.

BENEFITS TO HANDMADE: CONCLUSION

I hope that this post has helped you discover some of the main benefits to purchasing handmade items.  There are hundreds of benefits to handmade, but this post includes some of the primary benefits.  Please help spread the word and help handmade items continue their trend in popularity.  The future will be bright if we all support handmade shops!

You can purchase handmade items on Etsy or Amazon Handmade.

Benefits to Handmade: Comments

Do you have other personal reasons that you like to purchase handmade items?  Please share them in the comments section below.  I love discovering additional perspectives, it helps us all grow!

How to Open An Etsy Website

Please click the picture below to head to my main site and read my article on how to open your Etsy site.

I have moved everything to My Handmade Hub, which is the the link included in the picture above.

Etsy Handmade Guide

Etsy is a very popular handmade website.  It specializes in selling handmade items. Etsy items are one of a kind and unique. This is what makes buyers keep coming back for more. I created this site in order to act as a reference for people who want to open a shop on Etsy.

Many people are successful at selling on Etsy and can make a lot of money operating shops on their own. Over time, sometimes the shops grow to encompass other sites.

Click below for the best Etsy guide:

The Best Etsy Handmade Guide.

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